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Transportation Headlines for Saturday February 4, 2006

710 Freeway extension dealt setback
Whittier Daily News

Air Board Targets Rail Yards' Idling Threats: Southland officials move to limit the time trains can sit running unattended, spewing diesel fumes into nearby neighborhoods,0,7937938.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Bill to clear the air at diesel hubs advances: Oropeza-Horton measure to deal with smog at facilities that draw trucks, locomotives and ships heads for state Senate on narrow vote
Daily Breeze

Burbank revives plan to install downtown parking meters
Los Angeles Daily News

Collision Course On Clean Air Standards: AQMD Adopts Tougher Locomotive Anti-Idling Rules Than CARB-RR MOU Accepted Statewide; Next Step Up To RRs
Long Beach Report

Damaging lawsuit: Sierra Club lost its challenge to the Measure I half-cent sales tax on a technicality last month
Riverside Press Enterprise

Frommer Introduces $500 Million for Rail Safety
Burbank Weekly

Rail line from border is proposed (Freight)
San Diego Union Tribune

Las Vegas plans monorail expansion from airport to Strip
Las Vegas Sun

Lawmakers, planners to discuss freight line
San Diego Union Tribune

Idling diesel trains targeted
Long Beach Press Telegram

MTA breaks ground on new transit building
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

North America Ports Report Record Traffic: Some observers worry about tie-ups like those that plagued L.A. and Long Beach in 2004,0,7937938.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

OCTA to hold forums for public on Measure M
Orange County Register

Suit's dismissal good news for area commuters
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Take an aspirin - your commute just got worse - RIVERSIDE TO LA: Rail improvements force Metrolink customers to improvise rides
Riverside Press Enterprise


Transportation Headlines for Friday February 3, 2006

Audits offer different views - OMNITRANS: One report is critical of the agency, while the other gives a positive appraisal.
Riverside Press Enterprise

Bush Said to Plan Aid Request for Amtrak
Washington Post

Caltrans seeks legislative approval for Ten Mile Bridge replacement,1413,95~3977~3223899,00.html
Ft. Bragg Advocate News

Fares increase, ridership drops; transit agency queries adviser – Riverside Transit Agency: A fare increase creates a drop in riders and a rise in questions for a group's consultant
Riverside Press Enterprise
Riverside Transit Agency:

Feds give $56.5 million to LAX: Homes soundproofing, runway fix to be funded
Los Angeles Daily News

Governor Schwarzenegger Highlights Public Safety Budget and Strategic Growth Plan to Protect California's Communities
Bakersfield Online

L.A. County OKs bike trail upgrade
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

LAX Gets More Federal Funds for Runway Project,0,7911459.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

LAX runway plan gets a promise of cash: Transportation secretary pledges $29.5 million in federal aid to create "a safer airport." Mineta also announced grants for soundproofing nearby homes.
Daily Breeze

L.B. walkout bogs down L.A. Port
Press Telegram

Loma Linda has plan to shush train whistles: Responding to complaints, the city will apply to establish "quiet zones" at two crossings
Riverside Press Enterprise

Man taking nap on tracks killed by train
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

NABI buyout heralds liquidation, bourse de-listing
Budapest Business Journal

New ID card is seen as top port security need: Official says that while cameras and radiation-screening gear help, credential program is the "major missing piece" to securing the area
Daily Breeze

Next Phase Of Port
Long Beach Gazette

Port’s State Must Focus On Ecology
Long Beach Gazette

Railroad proposed for international trade: In a bid to strengthen San Diego's ability to compete with California's metropolitan giants for billions in bond money, transportation officials Thursday unveiled a proposal for a freight railroad that would ship Mexican products from Otay Mesa to Escondido
North County Times/Californian

RFID to Ride N.Y. Subways
RFID Journal

San Diegans Participate in First-Ever 'Low-Car Diet'
The Auto Channel

State approves funding for Hwy. 101 widening: The widening of Highway 101 through the heart of Santa Rosa will begin this spring, following today’s approval of emergency funding by the California Transportation Commission
Press Democrat

Street Car Revival In L.A.
Larchmont Chronicle

Surfing to the Metro (Metro online store)
LAist Blog

Take your education for a new ride: Taking the bus can provide a more moving learning experience than inert classrooms
UCLA Daily Bruin

Traffic-easing funds idling: Scathing audit a 'road map' to jump-start projects
Los Angeles Daily News

Ventura County public transit spins its wheels again,1375,VCS_221_4438676,00.html
Ventura County Star

Welcome or not, cell phones set for NY underground
Yahoo! News

White House backs off wholesale Amtrak budget cut


Transportation Headlines for Thursday February 2, 2006

Campaign Seeks Tax to Fund New Fuels: A proposed initiative to levy a surcharge on California oil could set off a big-spending battle,1,5377520.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

City Remaining Vigilant with Its Transit System
Santa Clarita Signal

Correction: LA-Subway Story
Washington Post

Group pushes for Gold Line grant
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

MasterCard and Citi Conduct Consumer Trial of Contactless Payments with MTA in Select NYC Subway Stations
Mass Transit

Omnitrans says it will take action
San Bernardino Sun

Parks Lobbies for NFL’s Return to Coliseum; Seeks to Capitalize on Build-Out of Expo Rail Line
Metro Investment Report

The Problem with Pork: How It Threatens Transportation Research
Institute of Transportation Studies Review

U.S. grant on way for LAX projects
Los Angeles Daily News

Winogrond Prepares the Stage for Gail Goldberg at L.A. Planning Dept.
The Planning Report


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday February 1, 2006

Assemblywoman Oropeza's "Diesel Magnet Sources" Bill (AB1101)
Long Beach Report

Better road to street safety
Whittier Daily News

Bike trail upgrade given county's OK
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Don't Abandon High Speed Rail in Favor of Roads and Sprawl
Hollister Free Lance

Free Flow: Lessons learned on deadly London day
International Herald Tribune

GM's Hybrid Bus Technology to be Featured at Super Bowl
Inside Indiana Business

Gold Line groups clash (Foothill Extension)
Whittier Daily News

I-15/I-215 corridor a priority: Approximately 140,000 vehicles travel through the interchange daily
Victorville Daily Press

Inland bus agencies don't share success: Fares are up and ridership is down for one, while the other says business is finally rolling
Riverside Press Enterprise

Latest audit of Omnitrans finds problems persist
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

LAX cutbacks good for AV if leaders step up
Antelope Valley Press

Mayor Offers Regional Airport Plan: Villaraigosa urges airlines to shift domestic flights from LAX to outlying facilities,0,6993951.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

NY MTA to test 'smart' fare cards in pilot program,0,2813610.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork

Partners sought for state: Governor wants to expand programs with private firms
San Francisco Chronicle

Plastic may swipe MetroCard's crown
NY Daily News

Study looks now at I-15's future: SANBAG wants to add more lanes and widen a key freeway interchange
Riverside Press Enterprise

Transit agencies talk terror
San Francisco Examiner


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday January 31, 2006

Average Gasoline Price Jumps 8.9 Cents in State,1,2724812.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

Bills aim to reduce train risks (AB158)
Oroville Mercury Register

California HOV lane exemption for hybrids so popular that program may end

Cleaner port air sought by union
Long Beach Press Telegram

Faster trains advocated Re Gold Line "express" trains (scroll down page)
Pasadena Star News

''Global California" Conference Planned in Sacramento: Panelists from government, major business sectors to participate in day-long event
Cal Trade Report

High-speed rail advocates say they are frustrated by lack of progress
Stockton Record

Hybrids getting green lights: Driving solo in car-pool lanes is more popular
Daily Democrat

LAUSD Backs Taylor Yard Land Purchase
Eastside Sun

Light-Rail Plan May Be Back on Track in Irvine: After CenterLine's death, the city is looking at a shorter loop linking Great Park, urban hubs,0,6480135.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Officials aboard bus-safety plan: The proposal for cameras and tracking devices goes next to the City Council for approval
Riverside Press Enterprise

Ontario best choice for airport expansion
Whittier Daily News

Reaction to bond plan lukewarm: Is Schwarzenegger's infrastructure package 'fiscally prudent' or done 'exactly the wrong way'?
The Desert Sun

Sidewalks of L.A.: Success of cost-sharing fix-it program shows years of infrastructure neglect
Los Angeles Daily News

Silence on busway: Orange Line safety record proves critics wrong
Los Angeles Daily News

Transit leader silent on his future in area visit (Sec. Norman Mineta)
Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Transportation Committee members question multibillion-dollar transportation plan
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Transportation plan probed: Assembly dissects Arnold's proposal
Los Angeles Daily News

West Covina to repair streets: Residential roadways among 73 targeted areas
San Gabriel Valley Tribune


Transportation Headlines for Monday January 30, 2006

Bond plan is scrutinized by legislators: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can't say his public works bond proposals aren't getting thorough consideration by the Legislature. Legislative committees held nine hearings last week
Daily Breeze

Building the Traffic Brain: Four Stories Below Ground, a Team of Engineers and Computers Tries to Out-Think Rush Hour
Los Angeles Downtown News

Bus Connects Union Station With LAX
Los Angeles Downtown News

Catalina Barge Owner Prepares to Ship Out: Avalon officials had objected to the vessel's highly visible remodel. But its removal leaves the island without a boat-repair outfit,0,6589202.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Council Members Urge Reversal on Subway Ban
Los Angeles Downtown News

Downtown to Pasadena In 27 Minutes
Los Angeles Downtown News

Effort to Rebuild State a Tougher Sell in New Era: The governor is pushing a building plan on a scale not seen since the days of Pat Brown. But the political climate has chilled since then,0,5594643.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Frommer introduces plan to aid crossings: Dario Frommer introduces bill to garner cash for separation for at-grade crossings
Burbank Leader

High fuel costs stall bus project: NATURAL GAS: The Riverside County plan offers riders fewer stops while avoiding freeway traffic.
Riverside Press Enterprise

LAEDC Offers Economic Outlook
Los Angeles Downtown News

Listen to SCAG: It's time to look beyond LAX
Los Angeles Daily News

New Urban Design Officer Brought In: To Guide Growing Downtown, City
Long Beach Gazette

Project Is Counting On the Power of Hydrogen: Filling stations and converted Priuses for five cities are part of a long-term energy effort,0,7165260.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

San Diego, other California cities feeling airport squeeze
Sacramento Bee

TIMES PAST: JAN. 30, 1993 - Car-Dependent City Welcomes a Subway,0,3286197.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Sunday January 29, 2006

Car pooling declines sharply in region
North County Times/Californian

Career vs. Convenience: More than half of Santa Clarita Valley residents commuting to work
Santa Clarita Signal

Corridor's future discussed: Long-awaited goal is to link parks, trail, green spaces through Valley
Los Angeles Daily News

`Freight Week' kicks off Mon.
Long Beach Press Telegram

New chip may slash contactless transit ticket prices
Contactless News

Silence on the busway: The Orange Line's safety record turns unexciting
Long Beach Press Telegram